We don’t need outside enemies to bring us down when we’re serving as our own worst enemies. Unfortunately, the white supremacist system that rules the land has completely permeated how we view ourselves. As a consequence, there are plenty of Black folks preaching and teaching self hatred. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss Black self-hate via examples from the schoolhouse, church, and the workplace. They also provide an update on the Syrian crisis, with news that the Senate voted in favor of military strikes against the country.
Topics discussed include Senate committee approving the strike on Syria, a report that a UK company (approved by the UK government) armed Syria with sarin gas, a school that said a little Black girl’s locs were unacceptable, a Black church pastor asking for only white people to serve as greeters at the church’s front door, a Black boss losing a Federal lawsuit related to a “nigga”-riddled rant against a Black employee, comedian Sheryl Underwood making disparaging remarks about Black women wearing their natural hair, the “historic” (and ridiculous) meeting between members of the NAACP and KKK, Black self hate running rampant, and more!
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- Discussion about the Senate committee approving the strike on Syria.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize President Obama to use limited force against Syria Wednesday, after adopting amendments from Sen. John McCain designed to urge Obama to “change the military equation on the battlefield.”
The Senate resolution would limit hostilities to 60 or 90 days, narrow military action to Syria’s borders and prohibit U.S. troops on Syrian soil. McCain’s proposal didn’t change that scope but urged that the end goal should be “a negotiated settlement that ends the conflict and leads to a democratic government in Syria.”
The vote was 10-7. Five Republicans and two Democrats voted against it. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., voted “present.”
Source: USA Today
- Discussion about Obama saying during a press conference with the Swedish president that he will act against Syria regardless of what Congress votes.
- Discussion about the supposed evidence against Syria and the numbers of dead as a result of the attacks.
The U.S. report says a preliminary assessment “determined that 1,429 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack, including at least 426 children.”
The assessment “will certainly evolve as we obtain more information,” it adds.
“Secretary Kerry seems to have been sandbagged into using an absurdly over-precise number,” said Anthony Cordesman, former director of intelligence assessment at the U.S. Defense Department.
Now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he writes on the CSIS website, “Put simply, there is no way in hell the U.S. intelligence community could credibly have made an estimate this exact.”
It’s unclear whether “these figures really had an intelligence source,” Cordesman said . “Some sources indicate they may have actually come from a Syrian source called the Local Coordination Committees (LCC)” — a Syrian opposition group.
A U.S. official told CNN the number is not based on opposition figures. The methodology used to come up with the toll remains classified.
Rebel leaders have given similar estimates for the death toll, saying more than 1,300 people were killed.
Britain’s Joint Intelligence Organization, meanwhile, says at least 350 people were killed. It does not say how the figure was determined.
A French government report notes that body counts by several sources, including Doctors Without Borders, estimated at least 355 deaths. “Other technical counts, using different sources, estimate the toll to be around 1,500 deaths,” the report says.
- Discussion about a report that a UK company (approved by the UK government) armed Syria with sarin gas.
The Government was accused of “breathtaking laxity” in its arms controls last night after it emerged that officials authorised the export to Syria of two chemicals capable of being used to make a nerve agent such as sarin a year ago.
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, will today be asked by MPs to explain why a British company was granted export licences for the dual-use substances for six months in 2012 while Syria’s civil war was raging and concern was rife that the regime could use chemical weapons on its own people. The disclosure of the licences for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride, which can both be used as precursor chemicals in the manufacture of nerve gas, came as the US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States had evidence that sarin gas was used in last month’s atrocity in Damascus.
Source: The Independent
- Speculation about when the actual bombing will take place.
- Discussion about John Kerry saying that President Obama will address the American people from the Oval Office sometime soon about Syria.
- Discussion about the school that said a little Black girl’s locs were unacceptable. This is some of the most trifling stuff we have heard of.
Deborah Brown Community School is one student short for the remainder of the school year.
Terrance Parker said the school hassled him and didn’t leave him a choice. Parker said he yanked his 7-year-old daughter, Tiana, out of classes because of a disagreement that left her in tears.
Parker, who’s a barber, said school officials at Deborah Brown told him Tiana’s hair didn’t look presentable.
“She’s always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice,” said Parker.
The charter school has its own set of rules. While no one at the school agreed to speak with us on camera, administrator, Millard Jones told FOX23 that Terrance Parker was fully aware what was expected. However, for his young daughter, it just hurts.
“They didn’t like my dreads,” said Tiana.
FoX23 reviewed the school’s dress code. It states, “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
The school feels that could distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for.
- Discussion about Howard University’s policy about not allowing men to wear locs in their business program.
- Discussion about the Black church pastor asking for only white people to serve as greeters at the church’s front door.
Churches often do their best to welcome new members and make new congregants feel welcome, but one North Carolina congregation caused a firestorm when a lead pastor requested “only white people” serve as greeters.
Carmen Thomas, a member of Freedom House Church was outraged after receiving an email from Pastor Makeda Pennycooke asking people of color to refrain from serving as greeters at the 9 a.m. service during the congregation’s busiest season, WBTV reports.
Pennycooke, an African-American, sent the email to a group of church volunteers writing “first impressions matter” and that the congregation wanted “the best of the best on the front doors.”
Thomas told the news station she believed Pennycooke was attempting to attract white worshippers.
“We are continuing to work to bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line,” she continued in the email. “So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors.”
According to WBTV, Pennycooke has since apologized for the email along with seniors pastors Troy and Penny Maxwell.
“The pastors have been meeting with staff and church members to confirm their commitment to diversity and to ensure nothing like this happens again,” church officials told WBTV.
Source: Huffington Post
- Discussion about a Black boss losing a Federal lawsuit related to a “nigga”-riddled rant against a Black employee.
A federal jury in New York ruled Tuesday that a man who identifies as black and Hispanic and the nonprofit he founded must pay punitive damages to an African-American employee after a previous ruling that the use of the “n-word” is inappropriate among minorities in a workplace.
The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by Brandi Johnson, who is African-American, against STRIVE, the employment center where she worked, claiming she was a victim of a hostile workplace after enduring verbal harassment and a series of statements filled with profanity and racial slurs from her supervisor. The employment center in East Harlem argued that the use of the word was part of a “tough-love culture.”
The jury ruled Tuesday that center founder Rob Carmona must pay $25,000 and his organization must pay $5,000 in punitive damages.
Jurors last week awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to Johnson, 38, who sued Carmona personally and STRIVE, which he founded in 1984.
- Discussion about comedian Sheryl Underwood making disparaging remarks about Black women wearing their natural hair.
Twitter was not happy with Sheryl Underwood on Sunday.
On an “encore presentation” of her CBS show The Talk that aired Aug. 30, Underwood railed against “nappy” “Afro” hair during a discussion about Heidi Klum saving her children’s hair after it had been cut. Klum’s children with ex-husband Seal have “huge Afros,” as she described them.
Upon hearing that Klum saves their hair, Underwood responded, “Why would you save Afro hair?” She went on to imply that nobody wants that type of hair, saying that you never hear of a woman in a hair shop asking for that “curly, nappy, beady” hair.
Co-host Sarah Gilbert chimed in, saying that she, too, sometimes saves her children’s hair, and Underwood interjected, saying that it was “probably some beautiful, long, silky stuff,” implying that that type of hair is desirable and worth saving. The only thing more hurtful than hearing those words was co-host Aisha Tyler’s silence and listening to the enthusiastic laughter of the audience, who, apparently, agreed.
The idea that blackness is bad by virtue of its not being white, that black people are biologically undesirable and unattractive, is nothing new. Underwood’s comments come from the same sentiment that has had black folks bleaching their skin and white folks lightening us for their magazines and advertisements. That Underwood bashed natural hair from beneath a very heavy-looking wig full of the “beautiful, long, silky stuff” she covets so much is telling.
Many on Twitter are asking Underwood who taught her to hate herself, while she insists that those upset are “tripping.” She attempted to defend her comments by saying that she found it odd that any parent would save a child’s hair, completely skirting the issue. Underwood never entertained the notion that what she said could have had much larger implications and never came close to apologizing.
Source: The Root
- Discussion about the “historic” meeting between members of the NAACP and KKK. What?!?
A Montana recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan named John Abarr met in Casper, Wyoming, last weekend with members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It’s believed to be the first such meeting in history and was called by the Casper branch of the NAACP because the KKK has been distributing flyers in the economically depressed Wyoming coal town of Gillette, where there has also been a rash of hate crime recently. A few days before the meeting, Abarr, who ran unsuccessfully for Montana’s US House seat in 2011, tweeted the following:
Get Active and move to the Northwest Aryan Homeland and secure the existence of the White Race and a future for White Children
— John Abarr (@TheHoodedone33) August 26, 2013
Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told the Associated Press that the meeting was “outrageous and counterproductive” as it “gives legitimacy to the Klan as an organization you can talk to.” At the very least, it was awkward.
Source: Mother Jones
- This makes absolutely no sense. They have no business meeting with the terrorist organization that has terrorized Blacks for hundreds of years.
- The Black self hate is running rampant. How can we address interracial issues of race when we as Blacks are busy upholding white supremacist thinking.
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